This proposal was posted on Kaleidoscope on February 25, 2019.
Shenzhen, China's Silicon Valley, on the night of Chinese Valentine's Day. Joyh, a cyborg, is finally taken out into the world by Dave, her creator.
Five years later, the two are reunited, with very different memories of that night.
Lotus Mountain: 12 minutes 360 VR film
Directed and produced by Stephen Black
Cinematography: Leo Wei
Starring Alps Bethneck, Joyh and the Shenzhen 40th anniversary urban light show, with the city decorated for Chinese Valentine’s Day.
Original soundtrack: Japanese composer Rei Shimizu, and Since You Were Gone, from The Riverwalk Session album by 3how (High on Chai Productions).
Featuring an original VR artwork by Scobot, award winning VR artist. Sound mix by ambisonic pioneer Giovanni Lion
Status: Completely shot, soundtrack and voice acting completed.
Needed: budget for graphics, final edit, audio mixing and promotion.
This video was meant to be an inhouse experiment, but due to time restrictions, is being used as an introduction to Lotus Mountain. A proper 4K rough cut will be ready by SXSW, as well as a detailed booklet for press and distributors.
The assistance and support of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and Kandao were invaluable in the production of Lotus Mountain.
Stephen Black is an independent artist/producer/writer committed to finishing Lotus Mountain.